Inflation is up, gas prices have skyrocketed, and bills are higher than ever.
Like many women, you may be wondering how to keep up with 2023’s soaring cost of living.
The good news is – you can beat inflation by turning your skills and interests into a profitable side hustle – whether online or offline.
My personal experience with side hustles began in 2017. Back then, I launched a freelance writing gig alongside my full-time marketing job in London. Freelancing provided an excellent boost to my income and enabled me to build up a healthy stash of savings.
In this post, we’ll explore 27 of the most popular and lucrative side hustles for women in 2023.
You’ll discover ideas perfect for your lifestyle – that can also net you hundreds or even thousands of dollars per month!
Plus, there’s no ignoring the growing role of AI. So I’ll also weave in ideas for using AI tools to take your side hustle to the next level.
In this challenging economic climate, why not take back control of your life and supplement your income with a side hustle built for you?! It’s never been easier.
27 Side Hustles For Women [That Actually Make Money]
Blogging is my favorite side hustle of all.
With the right strategy in place, you can make a healthy income from a blog. In some cases, blogging can even replace a full-time income, (as was the case for me).
Making money from your blog depends on several important factors. But lots of bloggers get them wrong.
For starters, it’s important to choose the right niche for your blog. And make sure your blog has a niche in the first place – don’t just write about anything that comes to mind.
Blogging has become much more competitive over the last few years. So you’ll need a clear focus in order to succeed. The days of blogs as personal journals are long gone (at least if you want to make money).
In 2023, success in blogging is due to your ability to attract organic traffic to your blog. You can do that by learning the basics of SEO (or search engine optimization).
Fortunately, SEO isn’t as technical as it sounds. The main skills you need are:
- keyword research
- how to structure your blog posts so Google’s search bots can easily understand them.
Once you’ve got those two skills under your belt, building a successful blog is mainly down to consistency, patience, and frequent publishing.
#2. Freelance Writing
Freelance writing is a fantastic side hustle option for those with strong writing skills. As a freelance writer, you can make money writing blog posts, articles, copy, and more for a wide range of clients.
The key to success in freelance writing is identifying profitable niches and verticals to serve. Some examples are business, finance, health, technology, and marketing.
Having a niche focus allows you to build deep expertise that clients will pay well for. For example, I used to do freelance writing for companies in the financial technology (‘fintech’) niche.
Getting started as a freelance writer is easy. You can create writing samples in your niche to showcase your skills (your blog can also help with this).
Then identify a range of websites, brick and mortar companies, or independent clients looking for writers. Once you’ve got that list, start pitching your services to them.
Having an online portfolio and/or a well-optimized LinkedIn profile can help a lot with landing new work.
Over time, freelance writers can increase their rates and earn a healthy side income. Some skilled writers even charge $1 per word or more! (I used to charge $0.75 per word as a freelance fintech writer).
Once you get a steady flow of clients, setting up a streamlined client onboarding and writing process allows you to systemize your freelance writing as it scales.
Freelance writing does take effort to constantly find and complete work. But the income potential is huge for those who actively pitch clients and deliver consistent quality writing.
With just a laptop and internet connection, freelance writing is an accessible side hustle for women – and one that can also bring you location independence.
#3. Consulting or Coaching
Offering consulting or coaching services is a lucrative and flexible side hustle option for women who have the right skills.
Whether you consult in marketing, business strategy, career development, life coaching, or another field – you can monetize your expertise to earn great income.
The key is positioning yourself as an authority in your niche so that ideal clients see you as the go-to solution for their needs. Having qualifications, testimonials, case studies, or certifications can strengthen your reputation.
Promoting your consulting services through your website, social media (especially LinkedIn), networking events, or referrals is also important.
When starting out, focus on offering limited consulting packages or hourly rates to provide initial results for clients.
This allows you to demonstrate your value so you can increase rates over time. Group coaching or creating online courses also allows you to scale your impact.
Patience and consistency are critical when building a consultancy. Results often take time to achieve. But the potential to earn hundreds or thousands per client is huge. And you get paid to share your expertise in a meaningful way.
With a professional web presence and stellar client satisfaction, your reputation will grow exponentially through referrals.
Consulting leverages your knowledge into an impactful and lucrative side hustle – that also has the potential to be fully location independent and flexible.
#4. Virtual Assistant
Providing virtual assistant (VA) services is one of the most popular side hustles for women in 2023. As a VA you can offer administrative, technical, or other support services to clients remotely.
Starting a VA business is accessible to anyone with strong organization, communication, and technical skills.
To get started, build up your expertise in areas like social media management, email management, data entry, research, scheduling, and more – based on what your target clients need most.
A key factor for success is specializing in certain niches like real estate, legal services, healthcare, or e-commerce.
Having this niche focus helps you better understand client needs and charge higher rates. If you previously had a full-time job in one of those fields, you could consider offering VA services within that same field.
Outreach through social media, job boards, and VA agency sites helps you to connect with potential clients.
What’s more, having a polished online presence and portfolio, with strong client testimonials, will attract even more and better quality clients.
Virtual assistant work provides tons of flexibility to work from home (or remotely) and set your own hours.
Starting rates are typically around $18-$35 per hour (according to popular freelance platform Upwork), but there’s the potential to charge $50 or more per hour as you establish your brand and expertise.
Over time, processes like using project management tools and templates allow you to take on more clients and maximize your income potential.
Working as a virtual assistant leverages your organizational skills into a flexible and profitable side hustle.
#5. Language Teaching
In the summer of 2005, I went to China to teach English as a foreign language.
Back then, it was necessary to teach classes in person, without the convenience of remote work.
But language teaching has since evolved into an excellent option for remote working. I’d say its one of the best side hustles for women in 2023.
More students around the world are looking to learn new languages for business, travel, education and personal growth.
To start, decide which language(s) you want to teach based on your own proficiency. Teaching your native tongue is best, but you can also teach languages you’re fluent in.
For example, one of my favorite Portuguese teachers, Liz Sharma of Talk the Streets, isn’t a native Portuguese speaker, but she’s extremely fluent and also a great teacher.
You should also consider getting accredited through an organization like the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, or CELTA (if you’re interested in teaching English). Having a bachelor’s degree can be helpful too (even if its not in a related area).
As a freelance language tutor, you can teach students of all ages and skill levels.
Start by identifying your preferred niche – young learners, business professionals, or test prep for university level exams like TOEFL or IELTS, etc. This helps focuses your lesson planning and offerings, plus your approach to marketing your services.
You can teach in-person locally or online through platforms like Verbling or iTalki. Group classes or private tutoring are both options, with group classes bringing more potential income.
Mixing online and in-person can also maximize your earning opportunities.
You should set competitive lesson rates but also offer discounts such as 5 or 10-pack deals. Allow students to book and pay for lessons through your website or teaching platforms.
Deliver high-quality, well-planned lessons and track student progress to land satisfied students and grow your reputation.
Also, why not consider creating related instructional products like workbooks, online courses, or practice materials to diversify your income streams?
Language teaching is a great side hustle and a fine way to turn your language skills into engaging cultural exchanges and build up fully flexible earnings.
#6. Proofreading or Editing
Proofreading and editing skills remain in high demand, making this a practical side hustle to launch.
Errors can undermine quality in any published material, including academic papers, business documents, articles, books, or websites.
What’s more, with the dramatic rise in self publishing, you certainly won’t be short of work.
Getting started as a proofreader is fairly straightforward. First, determine the genres and material you want to specialize in based on your previous experience.
Common areas of focus include academic work (including journal articles or dissertations), business writing, fiction or nonfiction manuscripts, technical guides, and scientific writing.
Then, create a portfolio of your work showcasing the different types of writing you can improve. Academic credentials, writing/editing training, or previous editing experience can boost your reputation.
For example, I used to proofread and edit other people’s PhD dissertations alongside my own PhD studies.
Optimizing your LinkedIn and creating your own website also add legitimacy. You can find potential clients through job boards, social media groups, direct pitches to companies and universities, and personal connections.
Be prepared to start with lower rates to build a client base and get some good testimonials. Then you can expand your niche focus and raise your rates over time.
Streamline your editing process by using style guides, editing software like Grammarly, and productivity tools to maximize efficiency. Automating these tedious admin tasks allows you to focus more energy into the quality of your edits.
Editing provides flexible, remote work allowing you to expand your client base globally. Having precise attention to detail and trust in your skills are the keys to crafting an editing side hustle that enhances all kinds of written works.
#7. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is a scalable side hustle that allows you to earn commissions by promoting other companies’ products or services. And, in case you wondered, affiliate marketing is definitely legit.
To get started, the main steps are choosing a niche, finding affiliate programs, and creating platforms to drive traffic and make sales.
Good niches to start with include business, personal finance, health/wellness, and software/tech products with recurring commissions.
Then write product reviews, comparison guides, and other commercial intent articles to drive sales to your affiliate partners.
Optimize these blog posts to show up in search, and you’ll soon bring in some healthy sales. In fact, once you’ve done the work of writing and publishing the article, affiliate marketing can be a great way to make money while you sleep.
Research companies in your niche and apply to their affiliate programs through websites like CJ Affiliate, ShareASale, or directly through the vendor.
Look out for generous commission rates and high ticket products over $100. I’ve personally earned 5-figure commissions from certain partners, but your mileage will depend largely on your niche.
Then build a website (a WordPress blog is ideal), and use social media, YouTube, an email newsletter, etc. focused on your niche to attract an engaged audience and share affiliate links. SEO and Pinterest help you to get free organic traffic.
Track all of your affiliate links using URL builders and analytics to optimize performance over time. Repeat customers and multiple product promotions create passive income streams.
Affiliate marketing works best when you genuinely want to share helpful products that you have confidence in. This is the key to making it legit and not sleazy. Personally, I only promote products if I’ve used them before and think they’re good.
#8. Freelance Graphic Design
Creating a freelance business around graphic design skills is a creative, engaging, and profitable side hustle for women.
As a freelance graphic designer, you can provide services like logo design, branding and identity, UI/UX design, illustration, packaging, marketing materials, presentations and more for a range of diverse clients.
Start by determining your graphic design niche based on your expertise and interests. Research in-demand skills like logo design, social media ads, or ebook covers. Then optimize your portfolio (make sure it looks visually impressive).
Reach clients through cold outreach, design job boards, your website portfolio, and word-of-mouth referrals. Bid on projects using platforms like Upwork or Fiverr, or offer packaged services focused on client outcomes.
Streamline your creative process using templates for client onboarding, contracts, and project management. Make sure to automate administrative tasks wherever possible, so you can scale your business more easily.
Charge hourly or per project rates in line with your skill level and location, raising rates as you build your reputation. Be sure to exceed client expectations on communication and revisions, so you can gather a great set of testimonials to display on your website or LinkedIn.
Freelance design allows you to flex your creative skills on exciting projects while earning substantial income. As your portfolio grows, your earnings potential does too.
#9. Web Design
Offering web design services is a lucrative side hustle if you’re skilled in web development and design.
Small businesses, organizations and solopreneurs constantly need their websites updated or redesigned, so you won’t be short of work once you gain traction.
Begin by outlining the core web design services you want to offer based on your skills. This may include site layouts, WordPress or Webflow development, ecommerce, landing pages, or site maintenance.
Create compelling examples of your past website work or mockups to build a portfolio showcasing your web design abilities. It’s best to niche down from the start and focus on specific areas like real estate, healthcare, or local service businesses.
Then, start promoting your web design services through cold emails, LinkedIn, web developer job boards, local networking, and your own website. Consider offering discounted introductory packages to secure initial clients.
Charge hourly or flat rates reflecting your experience level and location. Rates can range from $30-$150+ per hour for custom web design work, or you can charge on a project basis for the entire website. Ongoing website maintenance retainers can also provide you with a source of steady income.
#10. AI Prompt Engineering
With the rise of AI chatbots and tools like ChatGPT, prompt engineering has emerged as a promising new side hustle.
The role of a prompt engineer is to optimize and customize AI chatbot responses for specific tasks that businesses need.
These tasks can include writing blog posts or product descriptions, generating ideas, creating website copy, writing summaries, or pulling together data into a cohesive format.
The possibilities are literally endless, but you need to know how to write an effective prompt to get the best out of AI tools,
So the first step in building a prompt engineer side hustle is to learn effective prompt syntax for leading AI chat tools like ChatGPT, Bing, Anthropic, and others.
Fortunately, many AI tools are currently free of charge, so you can learn and practice without making a big upfront investment.
Offer your prompt engineering skills as a service for companies using AI chatbots for customer service, lead gen, and other use cases. Make sure you get good at fine-tuning the AI responses to fit the client’s brand voice and ensure accuracy.
You could also expand your services by training custom AI models on niche data through platforms like Anthropic’s Claude 2 (which by the way is my favorite AI tool at the moment).
Build a base of tailored industry knowledge to improve chatbot performance. You’ll also need to stay updated on new AI capabilities and limitations, which are changing rapidly.
Set hourly consulting rates or packaged monthly prompt optimization plans. Given the newness of this field, you can charge premium rates as a prompt engineer, especially with demonstrated results.
You might also consider setting up a YouTube channel to showcase your prompt engineering skills and results. LinkedIn is another good place to promote your services, for example by writing daily posts about AI and prompt engineering.
Finally, you could also consider creating an online course to teach business owners and solopreneurs how to write better prompts for AI tools.
#11. Voiceover Work
Turning your unique voice into a side hustle through voiceover work can be an engaging and lucrative side hustle option. Voiceovers are used in a wide range of media, including commercials, audiobooks, cartoons, and documentaries.
A great first step is recording samples of your voice reading different scripts to showcase your vocal range and abilities. Refine your timing, delivery, and overall cadence for various contexts.
You’ll need to set up either a home recording studio or book time at a professional studio to get clear voice recordings.
Once you’ve got some good samples, start putting yourself out there by creating accounts on popular voiceover job sites like Voices.com and Fiverr.
Audition for gigs that align well with your particular vocal style, whether it’s corporate, conversational, energetic, or another specialty.
When first getting started, focus on smaller indie film projects, YouTube videos, video productions, and simpler voiceover jobs to build up your experience.
As you continue honing your versatility and skills, you can branch out into higher-paying commercial voiceovers, audiobooks, and more advanced work.
Continued coaching, investing in professional-grade recording equipment, and seeking representation with a voiceover agency can help take your side hustle to the next level once you’re established.
Be sure to set competitive yet affordable rates as you build up your portfolio.
With a bit of persistence and some skilful self-marketing, voiceover work can become a consistent side hustle that allows you to creatively use your unique vocal talents.
#12. Creating Online Courses and Info Products
Online courses allow you to generate passive income by packaging your knowledge into high-value digital products. It can be one of the best ways to make money online, but there’s also a lot of work needed upfront.
Note: if building an entire online course feels too ambitious right now, you could also use your knowledge to create and sell something smaller scale, such as an ebook or pre-recorded masterclass.
Whichever info product route you choose, start by identifying topics you can teach authoritatively, whether that’s photography, marketing, cooking, web development or other skills. Then, outline the curriculum to provide a comprehensive learning experience.
Think about your course in terms of a transformation for your student. Your modules should include all of the necessary steps involved in taking your student from Point A as a beginner, to Point B – where they’ve successfully completed the transformation.
You’ll need to create video or slide-based lessons using screen recording software such as Descript or Loom, with slide deck software such as Canva, Google Slides, or PowerPoint.
Break content up into small modules (think videos of max 10 mins each) for your students to easily consume on platforms like Udemy, Teachable, Thinkific, or even your own site.
Promote your course through social media groups, SEO, and affiliates/influencers in your niche. Use email sequences and funnels to build enrolment and consider a freemium model offering free previews to hook learners in.
Pricing for your course can range from $20 to $500+ depending on the depth and production quality.
I recommend aiming for a course valued at $99 to $149 to start with, as these prices are typically a no-brainer for people to purchase (but of course that depends on typical income levels within your niche).
You also want to avoid your course being perceived as “too cheap”, because that can diminish its value in the eyes of your students.
The best way forward is to research what others are doing in your niche, then run promotions and test different pricing models. To increase perceived value, you should look to add on premium extras like workbooks, Q&As, or coaching.
Creating courses takes a lot of work upfront but can pay you dividends for years to come, through mostly passive income.
#13. Resume/CV Writing Services
With so many people looking to stand out in a competitive job market, polished and strategic resumes (CVs in the UK) are in high demand. Offering professional resume writing services can make for a rewarding and surprisingly lucrative side hustle.
Getting started is fairly straightforward if you have strong business writing skills. Spend time familiarizing yourself with what makes a high-impact resume in your target industry and for various seniority levels.
I recommend choosing a specific industry niche from the start, especially if it’s based on your own career experience. Also study up on the latest trends and best practices in resume design (but keep in mind that clear and classic is often the safest bet).
You can reach potential clients through creative networking online and locally, targeted ads, building a professional website to showcase your services, as well as old-fashioned word-of-mouth referrals.
When first starting out, you may want to offer discounted introductory packages to secure some clients and build your portfolio. As you gain experience and have successful client outcomes to demonstrate, you can start raising your rates accordingly.
The time involved will depend on the scope and details of each client resume. But with an efficient system in place, you can likely complete most single-page resumes in 2-3 hours. At rates of $100-250 per resume, there’s plenty of income potential as you build your client base.
And, if you become a competent prompt engineer, AI tools could also be an extremely helpful part of your resume writing business… shhhh!
#14. Photography Services
Loads of people and businesses need high-quality photography for things like events (think weddings!), portraits, products, real estate, and more, so demand for skilled photographers is always there.
Getting started comes down to a few key steps. First, take inventory of the photography niches and specialty areas you are most confident in. Are you drawn to wedding photography? Family portraits? Real estate?
Ideally you’ll already have skills in photography, because making a side hustle from it typically requires more than just the ability to snap things with an iPhone.
You’ll need to invest in professional camera equipment, including an SLR and various lenses for different use cases.
Then it’s time to start creating a portfolio of work that showcases your unique style and abilities in your chosen niches.
With a website as your online hub, this visual portfolio will help attract ideal clients. Instagram and Pinterest are also good places to showcase your skills visually.
Consider offering limited discounted packages at first while fine-tuning your service offerings. This helps bring in those initial clients so you can get real-world practice and referrals.
Networking and marketing your services in person and online will take ongoing effort. But remaining reliable, communicating professionally, and delivering incredible photos will keep clients coming back.
With persistence and skill, photography can become an enjoyable side business allowing you to earn solid income while pursuing your creative passion. Just stay focused on quality over quantity, and the rest will organically fall into place.
#15. Bookkeeping Services
If you enjoy working with numbers, then starting a bookkeeping service could be your perfect hustle.
Small businesses always need support in keeping their finances organized and running payroll, taxes, and other accounting tasks.
Getting started is fairly straightforward if you have prior bookkeeping experience or an accounting background.
Even taking some online courses can give you the knowledge needed to handle basic small business bookkeeping duties (but make sure you have whichever professional qualifications are required in your country).
To attract clients initially, you can post services on freelance job boards and make direct outreach to local businesses through your network and cold contacts.
Offering “bookkeeping basics” packages at discounted rates helps secure those first few clients and build credibility.
Over time, maintaining excellent customer service and communication will be key to retaining clients and earning referrals. Consider specializing in certain niches like ecommerce or nonprofit accounting to command higher rates.
Bookkeeping services don’t require a big upfront investment, just skills, attention to detail and quality bookkeeping software. This makes it a great hustle to bootstrap from your laptop.
Your goals should be to add value for clients in an ethical way, be accurate and attentive to detail while also having great communication skills. Then your bookkeeping side business is sure to flourish.
#16. Jewellery Making
If you have a flair for fashion and enjoy working with your hands, jewellery making can be a fun and lucrative side hustle. With just a few key supplies, you can start creating trendy and customized jewellery pieces from home.
Begin by spending time researching current trends and techniques. Figure out your medium – will you work with metals, gems, resin, beads, or something else? Gather the necessary tools and materials to get crafting.
Set up an organized workspace with storage for all your supplies. Dedicate time each week to design new pieces and work on production.
Photograph your finished pieces in a way that highlights quality (consider hiring a professional photographer for this).
Start selling your creations locally at craft fairs, boutiques, or markets to gain customer feedback. Then you could create an Etsy shop, Instagram account, and website portfolio to dramatically broaden your reach online.
Price items fairly based on materials and time invested, surveying similar jewellery sellers as a guide. Offer customized or made-to-order pieces in addition to pre-made designs.
Excellent photos, descriptions, and customer service will help to keep buyers coming back.
#17. Selling on Etsy
Turning handmade crafts or curated vintage finds into an Etsy shop is a highly engaging and profitable side hustle for women (and anyone).
Etsy provides an amazing built-in platform to easily set up your online storefront and connect with buyers all over the world.
A great starting point is taking inventory of your unique offerings and niche products that you’re skilled at making.
Really focus on showcasing your absolute best work when first launching your Etsy shop to make a fantastic first impression. Having stellar product photos is critical – don’t skimp on quality here!
Make sure to thoroughly research other successful Etsy sellers in your specific product categories to get ideas for optimizing your shop’s listings, pricing, promotions, branding, etc.
Provide excellent customer service and swift shipping times to earn glowing 5-star reviews – key to growing your shop.
Using social media, running collaborations with relevant influencers, and using digital ads can significantly expand your shop’s reach and drive targeted traffic to your listings.
Offering periodic promotions and email signups are great ways to convert Etsy visitors into repeat customers.
Be sure to factor Etsy’s selling fees into your pricing calculations, along with supplies, labor, and shipping costs. But the huge benefit is that Etsy handles so much of the heavy lifting around security, payments, and marketing.
#18. Rideshare Driving
Providing rides through apps like Uber, Bolt and Lyft can make for a straightforward and flexible side hustle. The rideshare model allows you to easily monetize your vehicle whenever you have availability.
Getting started is pretty simple – just sign up through the app, provide your license and insurance info, and go through a quick background check. Then you’re ready to start accepting rides in your city.
It helps to strategically work higher-demand areas and peak times, like airports, events, weekends, rush hour, etc. to maximize fares. Providing excellent service and keeping your car clean helps earn tips and 5-star ratings.
The income per hour can vary a lot depending on your market and when you drive. But expect to make around $10-20/hour after gas and expenses. Surge pricing during busy times can increase fares.
Rideshare driving is all about working smart – taking advantage of bonuses and quest promotions when available. The flexibility makes it a solid option for earning extra cash. Just be safe, sensible and friendly.
While it probably won’t replace a full-time job, rideshare driving lets you profit from driving your own car on a schedule that fits your lifestyle.
Reselling thrifted, discounted, or lightly used items can make for a fun and profitable side hustle for women with a little savvy. The key lies in finding undervalued products that you can buy low and then resell for a higher price.
Start by researching the most in-demand categories for reselling like electronics, vintage items, designer goods, collectibles, and more. Look for pieces at thrift stores, charity shops, garage sales, estate sales, wholesalers, etc.
Learn how to thoroughly inspect items for quality and authenticate designer pieces. Understanding true market values based on condition, rarity, and trends will improve your purchasing decisions.
Photograph pieces attractively and optimize your listings by titling, tagging, and describing items thoroughly. Then promote your listings through relevant online platforms and communities.
Expect some trial and error at first. But with experience, you’ll be able to spot valuable flips more easily. Providing great customer service and prompt shipping helps build your reputation.
Reselling requires an eye for overlooked gems, smart negotiating, and marketing know-how. But buying low and selling high can become a great side income stream with practice.
#20. Pet Sitting/Dog Walking
If you love the company of animals, then offering pet sitting or dog walking services can be an enjoyable, active, and surprisingly lucrative side hustle.
Lots of pet owners need care while they travel or work long hours, so demand for quality and trustworthy pet sitting is high.
Getting started is fairly simple. Think about your capacity in terms of number of pets and availability. Get credentials with an organization like Pet Sitters International to boost your sense of legitimacy.
Reaching clients can be done through creating profiles on sites like Rover or Care.com. Don’t forget to highlight any previous experience with pets, including your own.
Social media, business cards, yard signs, and word-of-mouth work great too. Consider offering meet-and-greets so that pet owners can get to know you.
Set competitive rates but offer package deals or first-time discounts to win new clients. Focus on providing exceptional service – interesting walking routes for dogs, plenty of playtime, tasty pet treats, and sending owners regular photo and video updates.
You may want to start small with just a few dogs in your neighborhood. But over time you can grow your client base and even hire staff for more walks/visits – with the potential to become a full-time small business.
#21. Caring For Children or the Elderly
There’s big demand for responsible and attentive support services to help families with young children as well as for seniors.
Providing this critical care as a side hustle allows you to earn extra income while helping overwhelmed parents and vulnerable elderly individuals get the care they need.
Getting started as a childcare provider may require certification or training depending on your location.
But even without formal credentials, you can provide casual babysitting gigs. For elder care, related experience in nursing, social work, or as a caregiver is preferred.
Spread the word on your services through neighborhood Facebook groups, community bulletin boards, family/friend referrals, senior center contacts, and sites like Care.com. Highlight your background, skills, and availability.
If clients (most likely children) will come to your home, make sure you have a welcoming, child-friendly environment ready and waiting.
You could also offer to provide in-home care services at clients’ residences. Set your hourly rates in line with local averages based on number of children or care needs.
#22. Renting Out Your Property
Renting out your extra room, parking space, storage area, or even your entire home can make for a lucrative hands-off side hustle.
Sites like Airbnb, VRBO, and Parklee allow you to easily monetize your unused space, and you can always hire a property management company to handle the day to day admin on your behalf.
To get started, first scope out your property for extra space that could be suitable for renting out. A spare bedroom or basement works great for Airbnb travelers.
A parking spot or garage can bring in monthly income. Even renting shared living spaces can be profitable (although perhaps not the most comfortable or practical).
Then, crunch the numbers to calculate your potential earnings and set nightly, weekly, or monthly rental rates accordingly. Research rates for similar spaces in your area and don’t forget taxes. Photograph and describe your space in detail to showcase the amenities and appeal.
Accepting short-term tenants or visitors does require more effort than long-term. Manage your calendar aggressively, provide essentials like toiletries and wifi, and maintain stellar cleanliness and communication.
Let rental platforms handle advertising, screening, and payments in exchange for a percentage fee. But be sure to build your own brand with social media outreach and superb reviews.
You could even consider setting up your own website to take bookings for your property.
Renting out your excess space allows you to make money from an asset you already own. With smart prep and intelligent pricing, you can turn that unused square footage into cash as part of a side hustle.
#23. Selling Handmade Products
Channeling your creativity into handmade products like soaps, candles, quilts, jewellery, and other crafts can make for one of the most fulfilling side hustles for women – depending of course on your level of skill with these items.
Start by identifying your unique offerings, then evaluate your skills and interests to determine the handmade products you’ll start with. Figure out how to source the required supplies and create an organized workspace.
Craft your very best work initially when launching, focusing on quality over quantity. Photograph products nicely – as this visual representation is so important for sales (consider hiring a professional photographer).
Start locally selling at markets, fairs, and boutiques to establish your brand and get direct customer feedback. Create social media accounts showcasing your work, then expand into an Etsy shop or even your own website.
Make sure to factor in the cost of materials, tools, taxes, and your hourly labor rate when pricing items. Research prices for similar handmade goods and develop clear policies for custom orders.
Handmade products make wonderful gifts and mementos. With an eye for compelling design and smart marketing, your creative passion can also become a solid income stream.
#24. Drone Piloting and Aerial Videography
Drone piloting and aerial videography skills are in growing demand for things like real estate listings, event/wedding videos, construction project documentation, insurance inspections, and more.
This is an awesome side hustle for tech-savvy women comfortable with operating drones.
Start by getting certified as a commercial drone pilot through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 license. This involves studying for and passing a pilot exam. You’ll also need to register any drones heavier than 0.55 lbs to use commercially.
Invest in proper drone equipment like a drone with an embedded camera stabilized gimbal and HD video capabilities. Portable and foldable drones are great for transporting to client locations. Extra batteries and memory cards are a must as well.
Build a professional website showcasing your aerial videography abilities through a portfolio of property, landscape, and event filming projects.
Reach out to prospective clients like real estate agents, event planners, construction companies, etc. through targeted networking and marketing.
Set competitive rates in line with the complexity and scope of the aerial filming required. You may charge hourly with minimums or package pricing. Usage rights for the video footage can be negotiated as well.
Drone piloting lets you leverage your technical knowledge and creative eye into providing high-demand aerial filming services businesses need.
#25. Power Washing Services
Exterior power washing services for homes and businesses is potentially a lucrative and flexible side hustle. Homes with siding, patios, decks, driveways and more require periodic deep cleaning that power washing provides.
Getting started does require you to make an initial investment in professional grade power washing equipment, such as an industrial gas pressure washer, hoses, detergent applicators, and so on.
You’ll also need proper protective gear like goggles, gloves, and rubber boots.
To attract clients, create a website showcasing your power washing services with before/after photo examples.
Promote through local yard signs, flyers, community Facebook groups and direct outreach to potential commercial clients. You could also focus on improving local SEO for your services website.
When providing estimates, outline exactly what’s included so clients know what to expect. Offer exterior house washing packages based on square footage and charge hourly rates for larger commercial jobs.
Focus on delivering outstanding results through methodical cleaning and top-notch customer service. Make sure you thoroughly clean up the area afterwards.
Repeat these steps, keep promoting your services, and referral business will build up and snowball over time.
#26. Home Organizing and Decluttering
Many people (including me…) struggle to keep their homes clean and clutter-free.
As a professional home organizer and decluttering expert, you can draw on your organizational skills and knowledge to create a highly sought-after and valuable service.
Begin by defining the scope of services you want to offer – comprehensive decluttering and downsizing, storage solutions, home office organization, closet design, garage organization, and more. Acquire any helpful organizing tools and storage supplies.
Create a website, brochures, or flyers showcasing your organizing approach. Seek referrals from realtors, interior designers, seniors transitioning into care facilities, and busy families.
Offer free consultations via Zoom or other video call platform.
Professional organizing requires empathy, patience, efficiency and a keen eye for functional systems. When meeting clients, aim to listen to their challenges and goals with compassion and empathy.
Provide them with customized plans addressing their clutter room-by-room or by a certain timeframe. Then outline the expected outcomes and give them your pricing upfront.
#27. Errand Running Services
Here, you’d offer your services to handle random errands, administrative tasks, shopping trips, and other personal assistant-type jobs for busy professionals, families, seniors, and so on.
You can provide an extra pair of hands and time saver for clients who can afford to outsource small tasks and mundane to-do’s.
Tasks might range from grocery shopping, returning items, waiting for a repairman, organizing a move, addressing holiday cards, delivering packages, and tons more. You may start small but end up gaining regular clients.
Market yourself as reliable, discreet, and efficient at quickly tackling errands and to-do lists. Reach new clients through sites like TaskRabbit, Craigslist, bulletin boards, local Facebook groups, or by doing direct outreach to potential clients.
Set your hourly rates in line with industry averages and consider setting up a personal website with testimonials, as building client trust will play a major role in your success with this side hustle.
This flexible gig leverages your free time, organization, responsiveness, and ‘can-do’ attitude into providing helpful services clients are willing to pay for – which could make for an easy side hustle in your local area.
How to Choose Your Perfect Side Hustle in 2023
Picking the perfect side hustle is key to creating a fulfilling and profitable part-time business as a woman.
Here are some of my top tips to narrow down what would work best for you:
- Evaluate your skills and interests. A side hustle related to your natural strengths will feel more energizing and authentic – plus, you’re less likely to get bored with it. Brainstorm your skills, previous experiences, and passions to start generating suitable ideas.
- Consider your lifestyle and schedule. Look for side hustle options with flexibility that won’t overload your current commitments. Things like family, childcare needs, and your day job schedule should all factor in to your eventual side hustle choice.
- Research the income potential. While following your passions is great, you should make sure there is financial viability as well. Estimate the potential earnings of different ideas to find lucrative options. You can also research potential competitors doing similar work to see what rates they’re charging and examine any other monetization strategies they’re using.
- Identify needs in your immediate network. Providing freelance services or products to others in your personal and professional circles can help you easily gain clients without having to do extensive outreach.
- Brainstorm growth opportunities. Consider avenues for scaling your side hustle over time, e.g. by expanding your range of services, taking on employees or strategic partners, and leveraging a range of different digital income streams (e.g. a blog could monetize through ads, affiliates, freelance work and selling an info product)
- Don’t underestimate passion projects. Even lower-income side hustles can be rewarding outlets and lead to unexpected opportunities down the road. It all depends on your lifestyle, goals and priorities.
The best guide to finding your ideal side hustle is to use a combination of inspiration and strategic evaluation.
Whatever you do, don’t waste months or even years procrastinating and failing to make progress. Trust your judgment and move forward confidently!
Pros and Cons of Having a Side Hustle
- Earn extra income to achieve financial goals, pad out your savings, or offset rising costs (such as mortgage rate hikes)
- Gain flexibility to work around childcare needs and family schedules
- Pursue a passion outside your regular career and build skills
- Open avenues for future entrepreneurial endeavors or full-time business
- Use your untapped talents and strengths through a variety of side hustle routes
- Meet new people and grow your professional network
- Enjoy a creative outlet and an increased sense of purpose from the work
- Ability to be selective and work by choice rather than necessity
- Requires balancing hustle with self-care to avoid burnout
- Can take time away from family responsibilities if not managed right (that’s if you have those responsibilities, as not every woman does)
- Needs self-motivation and proactive effort to secure clients/sales
- Risk of compromise on quality with over-extension
- Need to overcome initial hurdles and learning curves
- Additional income could impact your taxes or benefits eligibility
- Requires being disciplined about tracking income and expenses
Your Next Steps
Once you’ve picked your desired side hustle, break things down into manageable steps for getting started.
Make an action plan listing out key milestones like setting up a website, purchasing the necessary equipment, networking to find clients, etc.
Move forward with focus while still giving yourself grace as you build momentum. Building a business, even on a small scale, can take longer than you might expect.
What’s more, aim to keep things simple as possible and avoid any unnecessary complexity that might throw you off track.
Remember to track your income and expenses diligently so you can maximize profits – and find a good accountant to help you keep track of everything.
Market yourself and deliver exceptional work that keeps clients coming back. Balance hustle productivity with self-care practices to avoid burnout.
You now have an abundance of side hustle ideas suited for any woman’s passions and abilities. Trust your talents and take that first step.
Small daily progress compounds over time into something beautiful. You’ve got this!